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  • Grizzly Bear Ready To Record New Album; Join Vampire Weekend and TV on the Radio at Bernie Sanders NYC Rallies

    Wed, 13 Apr 2016 14:53:26

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    Grizzly Bear took to social media yesterday to endorse Bernie Sanders' presidential campaign. They also announced plans to begin recording the follow-up LP to 2012's Shields. A whole lot of information was packed into one status:

    "Baby," "tons of songs," "Bernie Rally:" Awesome!

    Another tweet read: "We r passionate to make amazing music for years to come! And we are passionate about changing the political system in the US." Grizzly Bear's drummer, Chris Bear is now a father.

    Recently Grizzly Bear's Daniel Rossen and Christopher Bear contributed to the Red Hot Organization's Grateful Dead covers album, Day of the Dead, that's out May 20.

    The band join a growing number of Bernie Sanders supporters in the music industry, including Vampire Weekend and TV on the Radio--who are all showing their support by playing at Sanders rallies in New York City this week, Brooklyn Vegan reports. Today (April 13) Vampire Weekend are performing at the rally at Manhattan's Washington Square Park. The rally will also feature appearances by Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodley, Linda Sarsour, Tim Robbins, and Graham Nash.

    Sunday, Grizzly Bear will perform at a similar event at Brooklyn's Prospect Park, on April 17. The band will be joined by Danny DeVito, Justin Long, and Hawaii Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard. This performance is also notable for being Grizzly Bear's first concert in over two years.

    TV on the Radio will play a Sanders rally in Queens the night before the New York primary, Tuesday, April 19. Danny Glover and Fisher Stevens will also make appearances at the rally held at Hunter's Point South Park on Monday, April 18.

    Grizzly Bear's Ed Droste has shared a long Instagram note explaining his endorsement of Bernie Sanders:

    I'm so optimistic and hopeful New York can change the tides. I've been following politics since I could vote at age 18...I first voted in '98 for Clinton because I grew up in a liberal family (and I'm so grateful I did) , I canvassed for Kerry and Obama, and I've phone banked for Bernie, but never before have I felt so inspired by a candidate' purity and integrity. So to me, I used to vote with my own interests at heart. This election had forced me to LEARN and EDUCATE myself in a way like no other has. Does my vote help or hurt civilians abroad? Does my vote contribute to the decimation of income inequality? Does my vote sit well within my global moral compass? Only one candidate will fight for what we need. @berniesanders ! I am a lucky privileged soul. I am the definition of privilege. I HATE that money defines policy and political sway. It decides what you see. It decides what you eat. It decides how we die. Money is not meant to be in politics. The fact that anyone , let alone a democrat can take money from privatized prisons is INSANE TO ME. You realize that means, prisons, make $$$ for locking people up. I hate to shit talk the other dem candidate Bc it doesn't ever help the argument. I just want you all to realize that by choosing Hillary we are accepting the corruption we've been desensitized to. We are allowing pointless wars. We are perpetuating a system that systematically makes it THAT much harder to get ahead as a woman or minority in politics. We are justifying a "game"...this is our country and our lives and it's not a game. Corporate greed will continue to destroy our water, our infrastructure , our middle class....our WORLD! We are not alone here. Please research the damage HRC has done to Libya and Honduras....think of those thousands of souls suffering and dying because of our solipsism and greed. We need reform. When you eat lunch tomorrow, you may not know it, but consider this...thanks to lobbyists we aren't entitled to know what GMO ingredients are in your food ...we are contributing to the decline of our health , our nation and the world. #berniesanders

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